Man who stopped Andrade Port of Entry traffic was previously deported

WINTERHAVEN, Calif. – David Krawcheck filmed cell phone video of a man blocking traffic at the Andrade Port of Entry just after noon on Saturday.

“He had a knife to his throat and he just kept coming closer,” Krawcheck said.

Krawcheck had driven from Phoenix to visit Algodones only to be stopped before crossing over, because of someone apparently desperate and distraught.

“He was demanding, in Spanish, that he wanted to receive an American ambulance, which he did receive,” Krawcheck said.

Investigators with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office said it all started when U.S. Customs denied the man entry into the U.S. He had previously been deported. He slowly walked across the border knife in hand.

“He just kept coming closer. Police kept having us back up,” Krawcheck said.

Southbound traffic was at a standstill for about an hour while CBP officers, along with deputies and Border Patrol agents, tried to calm him down.

“The Border Patrol for about a good hour, hour and a half, were just constantly trying to ask him in Spanish to calm down, is there anything they can do to help. They even tried to offer him water,” the witness said.

Deputies asked the man to look in their direction in an effort to distract him.

“One deputy spoke to the individual for nearly an hour before they were able to distract him long enough for a second deputy to use an electronic control device to take the person into custody safely,” ICSO’s Lt. Scott Sheppeard explained.

He was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation before being returned back to Mexico.

Authorities said the man did sustain minor injuries from the incident. His name has not yet been released.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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